Cannes Film Festival Kicks Off: 13 Vintage Red Carpet Outfits We Would Still Wear Today


Following last year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, stars and industry insiders will once again be traveling to the south of France this summer for the Cannes Film Festival, starting July 6.

As well as releasing new films, the festival is famous for its glamorous fashion, with celebrities bringing us many memorable red carpet moments over the years …

1. Liz Hurley

British actor Hugh Grant (left) and his girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley arrive on the pontoon of a palace on the Croisette on May 18 to promote their film “Extreme Measures” screened on the sidelines of the 49th Cannes International Film Festival

This lime green dress is as fashionable today as it was when Liz Hurley arrived at the premiere of her boyfriend Hugh Grant’s Extreme Measures movie in 1996.

2. Geena Davis

Geena Davis and her director husband Renny Harlin arrive for the AmFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research) European premiere of “Shall We Dance” at the Cannes Film Festival

Another example of a ’90s trend that has returned, this cowl neck bodycon dress worn by Geena Davis in 1997 is simply stunning.

3. Kate Moss

Johnny Depp and Kate Moss arrive for the premiere of “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas” at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, during the 51st Festival de Cannes.

Kate Moss and Johnny Depp were the definition of #couplegoals in the 1990s. The model chose this fabulous, off-the-shoulder feather-trimmed dress when the couple attended the Cannes premiere of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas in 1998.

4. Angelica Huston

Actress Anjelica Huston arrives at the Palais des Festivals for the closing premiere of “An Ideal Husband”, directed by Oliver Parker on the last night of the 52nd Cannes International Film Festival 1999

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The sartorial equivalent of a champagne flute, Anjelica Huston’s shimmering gold column dress from 1999 is a timeless classic.

5. Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum arrives at a charity screening of Love’s Labor Lost by Kenneth Branagh at the Cinema Against AIDS 2000 gala evening to benefit amFAR, Cannes, during the Cannes Film Festival

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Model Heidi Klum literally took the red carpet dressing in 2000, with this scarlet gown, which featured cheeky gathered details at the back.

6. Patricia Arquette

Actress Patricia Arquette arrives for the premiere of Woody Allen’s new film ‘Hollywood Ending’ at the Palais des Festival during the 55th Cannes Film Festival in France

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Pretty in pastels, actress Patricia Arquette chose this candy-colored fluid dress while attending the festival in 2002.

7. Penelope Cruz

Actress Penelope Cruz waves to photographers during a photocall for her new film “Fanfan La Tulipe” at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. The film will open the 56th Cannes Film Festival

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Adopting the Riviera style in 2003, Penelope Cruz looked chic in Chanel, pairing a classic cropped jacket and white shirt with black wide-legged pants.

8. Nicole Kidman

Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during a photocall for her new movie ‘Dogville’ at the Palais des Fastival during the 56th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France

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Proving that you can’t go wrong with an LBD, Nicole Kidman accessorized this satin cocktail dress with nude heels, a trendy necklace and a tousled look.

9 and 10. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

Film star Brad Pitt and his wife Jennifer Aniston arrive for the premiere of Troy, at the Palais de Festival during the 57th Cannes Film Festival in France

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A snapshot of Brad and Jen’s glory days, it’s a perfect example of why the incredibly beautiful couple were the ultimate Hollywood couple. Often in matching monochrome outfits, their style was understated but still relevant.

11. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Di Caprio poses for the photographers during the photocall for “La 11e Heure” during the 60th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France

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Another actor who always succeeds on the red carpet, Leonardo DiCaprio likes to stay classic with his tailor-made choices.

12. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie arrives for the screening of ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ during the 60th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2007

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Often going all black at movie premieres, Angelina Jolie changed it up in 2007 with this bright yellow dress.

13. Hélène Mirren

Helen Mirren arriving for the official screening of Robin Hood, at the Palais de Festival during the 63rd Festival de Cannes, France.

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Acting icon and national treasure, Helen Mirren knows how to exploit her strengths on the red carpet, accessorizing this black one-shoulder dress with lots of sparkly bling.

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